WashU Baseball Drops UAA Opener Against No. 3 Emory

WashU Baseball Drops UAA Opener Against No. 3 Emory

Sanford, Fla., March 6, 2016 – The Washington University in St. Louis baseball team had its six-game winning streak come to an end with a 3-1 loss to No. 3-ranked Emory University Sunday at the University Athletic Association (UAA) Championship.

WashU dropped to 6-3 overall and 0-1 in the UAA, while Emory improved to 11-2 overall and 1-0 in the conference. The Bears face the University of Rochester at 11 a.m. (ET) Monday.

Emory got back-to-back two-out singles in the bottom of the first to grab a quick 1-0 lead. The Eagles made it 2-0 with another two-out RBI single in the bottom of the third. WashU was limited to one hit through the first four innings, before sophomore Conor O'Hara and junior Christian Santos led off the fifth with back-to-back singles. After a sacrifice bunt by senior Kyle Kozak, O'Hara scored on a groundout by sophomore Auggie Mense that cut the Emory lead to 2-1.

The Eagles got the run back in the bottom of the inning, turning back-to-back singles into a run on a one-out fielder's choice to make it 3-1. The Bears put together their best scoring opportunity in the top of the eighth when senior Max Golembo and junior Ben Browdy hit back-to-back two-out singles to put runners on the corners, but the Eagles got a called strikeout to get out of the inning. 

WashU finished with five hits in the game, compared with 10 for Emory. Junior Scott Nelson (1-2) took the loss on the mound after giving up three runs on eight hits, while striking out four. Sophomore Alex Truss threw a career-high two strikeouts in two scoreless innings of relief.

Bear Notebook: WashU is 80-75 all-time in the UAA Championship … Santos (2-for-3) recorded his first multi-hit game of the season and the fifth of his career … Browdy reached base safely for the eighth time in nine games this season.